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Made in the USA clothing manufacturer American Apparel is expected to close all of its remaining 110 stores very soon. There are 4 here in New Jersey, at Menlo Park Mall, Garden State Plaza, Cherry Hill Mall and one in Hoboken.

I'm not that much of an AA shopper but I understand how significant the closing of this one huge retailer is. A Canadian company is buying American Apparel, and its licenses, but the retail stores were not part of the purchase.

How you can profit from their loss is that the retailer is holding a 40% off sale on its website? There’s also free shipping on all orders over $50.

But for me, in terms of stores closing, here's the real heartbreaker.

BCBG! I love this place. It was my go to for grown up outfits that were always well made and stylish. Add BCBG to the list of apparel chains whose stores will disappear from many shopping malls in 2017.

The California-based firm BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. is shuttering about 120 stores, primarily in the U.S. No one knows if Jersey stores will be affected yet (Though rumor has it that it's Atlantic City store will be one on the chopping block).

BCBG was founded by designer Max Azria and is a brand that has often been worn by celebrities. As sales have been pressured by online shopping, the fashion house is repositioning itself to have fewer stores while expanding its online presence and maintaining boutiques inside other stores and other wholesale and licensing agreements.

They have nine mall stores in Jersey as well as their mini shops. It's not clear which ones will close, but the BCBG's mini-shops inside Macy's will stay open.

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